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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Eteocles tells the men that the battle has ______.
(a) Hasn't started.
(b) Gone badly.
(c) Gone well.
(d) Is over.

2. Plays performed in ancient Greece highlight all of the following aspects of city life, except _____.
(a) Religious life.
(b) Cultural life.
(c) Private life.
(d) Social life.

3. Plays based on Greek legend usually involve a generation after generation repeating a ______.
(a) Story.
(b) Fable.
(c) Crime.
(d) Resistance.

4. Who does the King of Thebes address in the city?
(a) Women citizens.
(b) Working citizens.
(c) All citizens.
(d) Male citizens.

5. Human beings are metaphorically represented by ________.
(a) Ships.
(b) Castles.
(c) The Ocean.
(d) Airplanes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the King of Thebes in the beginning of the Background?

2. What does Eteocles compare Thebes and its land to?

3. The image of Thebes is considered the ______ of its citizens.

4. _______ rescues Oedipus and raises him to adulthood.

5. The theme of these legends is that giving in to human passion creates _________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Give an example of how imagery is used in part 2.

2. What is the importance of the Oracle of Apollo?

3. Why does Eteocles say he is so angry with the Chorus in the beginning of part 2?

4. How is the theme of possession and control shown in part 2?

5. Why would Eteocles and Polyneices plot to kill their father?

6. Compare and contrast men and women's views of battle.

7. How is the sense of sound used in part 2?

8. Describe the theme of fate as depicted in part 2 of the play.

9. What is the significance of Polyneices going to Argos and marrying a princess?

10. How does the Chorus use their senses to illustrate their fears of the war?

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